Article I. Name and Objective
Section 1. The name of the club shall be The Bulldog Club of Greenville, South Carolina.
Section 2. The object of the club shall be:
A. To encourage and promote the quality breeding of purebred bulldogs and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.
B. To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed, as set forth by the Bulldog Club of America and approved by the American Kennel Club as
the only standard of excellence by which bulldogs shall be judged.
C. To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed of bulldogs by encouraging sportsmanship like competition at dog shows.
D. To conduct sanctioned matches and licensed specialty shows under the rules of the American Kennel Club.
Section 3. The club shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue of any from dues or donations to the club shall inure to
the benefit of any member or individual.
Section 4. The members of the club shall adopt and may from time to time revise such bylaws as may be required to carry out these objects.
Article II. Membership
Section 1. Eligibility
There shall be two types of membership open to all persons who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this club, While
membership is unrestricted as to residence, the Club’s primary purpose is to be representative of the breeders and exhibitors in it immediate area.
Section 2. Types of membership
A. Regular members must be eighteens (18) years and older and enjoy all the privileges of the club including the right to vote, hold office and count in the
determination of the quorum.
B. Junior members are less than eighteen years old and may not vote, hold office, or nominate members and do not count in the quorum
Section 3. Dues
Annual membership dues shall be set by the Board of Directors. Annual dues shall be reviewed on a regular basis and adjusted when appropriate. If the Board of
Directors does not adjust the dues by October, the previous year's dues shall be applicable. The membership dues shall be payable on or before the first day of January of
each year. No members may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. During the month of November, the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of
his dues for the ensuring year.
Section 4. Election to Membership
Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by these Constitution
and By Laws and the rules of the American Kennel Club. The applications shall state the names, address, and occupation of the application and it shall carry the
endorsements of two members in good standing. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for the current year.
All applications are to be filed with the Secretary and each application is to be read at the first meeting of the Club following it receipt. At the applicants second meeting
the application will be read again and voted upon by secret ballot and affirmative votes of 2/3 of the members present and voting at that meeting shall be required to
Applicants for membership who have been rejected by the club may not reapply within six months.
Section 5. Termination of membership
Members may be terminated:
A. By resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice to the Secretary; but no member may resign when in debt to the
Club. Dues obligations are first considered a debt to the Club and they become incurred on the first day of each fiscal year.
B. By lapsing. A membership will be considered lapsed and automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid sixty (60) days after the first day of the
fiscal year; however, the board may grant an additional thirty (30) days of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a person be
entitled to vote at any club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of the meeting.
C. By expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these By-Laws.
Article III. Meetings and Voting
Section 1. Club Meetings
Meetings of the Club shall be held in the greater Greenville area at such time date and place as may be designated by the board of directors. Club meetings must be at
least once every quarter, with a minimum of six meetings a year. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed/emailed by the secretary or announced in the club
newsletter at least 10 days prior date of the meeting. The quorum for such meeting shall be 15% of regular members in good standing.
Section 2. Special Club Meetings
Special Club meetings may be called by the President or by a majority vote of the members of the board who re present and voting at any regular or special meeting of the
board and shall be called by the secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by five members of the Club who are in good standing. Special meetings shall be held in the
greater Greenville area at such place, day and hour as may be designated by the person or persons authorized herein to call such meeting. Written notice of such a
meeting shall be mailed/emailed by the Secretary at least 5 days and not more than 15 days prior to the date of the meeting and said notice shall state the purpose of the
meeting and no other club business may be transacted thereat. The quorum for such a meeting shall be 15% of the members in good standing.
Section 3. Board Meetings
Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held in the greater Greenville area to be held at a time date and place designated by the Board of Directors. The board shall
meet at least once a quarterly. Written notice of each meeting shall be mailed/emailed by the secretary at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for
such a meeting shall be the majority of the Board.
Section 4. Special Board Meeting
Special Board meetings may be called by the President and shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by three members of the Board. Written
notice of such a meeting shall be mailed/emailed by the Secretary at least 5 days and not more than 15 days prior to the date of the meeting and no other club business
shall be transacted there at. A majority of the board members will constitute a quorum for such a meeting. The board has the major responsibility for directing the clubs
operations and shall report to the general membership.
Section 5. Voting
Each member in good standing whose dues are paid for the current year shall be entitled to one vote at any meeting of the club at which he is present. Proxy voting will
not permitted at any club meeting.
Section 6. Notice.
Notification of club meetings, dues notices, minutes, newsletters and any other communication to members and board members may be made by email providing that the
member and/or board member has signed an authorization agreeing to this method of communication. The authorization which shall release the club from any liability
should the notification be received late or not received due to circumstances beyond the club's control. Such authorizations shall be maintain by the secretary and are
revocable upon written notice to the secretary.
Article IV. Directors and Officers
Section 1. Board of Directors.
The board of directors shall comprise of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 5 other persons, all of whom shall be elected for one year terms at the
clubs annual meeting as provided in Article IV and shall serve until their successors are elected to the Board of Directors. All Officers and Board members should be "in
Section 2. Officers.
The Clubs officers, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the club and its
meetings and the board and its meetings.
A. The President shall preside at all meetings of the club and of the board and shall have the duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of the
President, in addition to those particularly specified in these bylaws.
B The Vice President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the president in case of the presidents death, absence or in capacity.
C. The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the club and of the board and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the club. He or she shall
have charge of the correspondence, notify members of meetings, notify new members of their election to membership, notify officers and directions of their
of their election to office; keep a roll of the members of the club with their addresses and carry out other duties as are prescribed in these bylaws.
D. The Treasurer shall collect and receive all money due or belonging to the club. He/she shall deposit the same in a bank designated by the board, in the name of
the club. The account must also carry the names of the President and Treasurer. His/her books shall at all times be open to inspection of the board and he
shall report to them at every meeting the condition of the clubs finances and every item of receipt or payment not before reported. At the annual meeting
he/she shall render an account of all monies received and expended during the previous fiscal year. The treasurer shall be bonded in such amount as the board
of directors shall determine.
Section 3. Vacancies
Any vacancies occurring on the board or among the officers during the year shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority vote of all the then members of the
board at its first regular meeting following the creation of such vacancy or at a special board meeting called for that purpose, except that a vacancy in the office of the
President shall be except that a vacancy in the office of the president shall be filled automatically by Vice President shall be filled by the board.
Article V. The Club Year, Annual Meeting, Election
Section 1. Club year.
The Clubs fiscal year shall begin on the first day of January and end on the 31st day of December. The Club's official year shall begin immediately at the conclusion of the
election at the annual meeting and shall continue through the election at the next annual meeting.
Section 2. Annual Meeting.
The annual meeting shall be held in the month of December at which officers and directors for the ensuing year shall be elected by secret written ballot from among those
nominated in accordance with Section 4 of this Article. They shall take office immediately upon the conclusion of the election and each retiring officer shall turn over to his
or her successor in office within 30 days after election.
Section 3. Elections.
The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each office shall be declared elected. The five nominated candidates for other positions on the board
who receive the greatest number of votes for such position shall be declared elected.
Section 4. Nominations.
No persons may be a candidate in a club election who has not been nominated. During the third quarter meeting, the Board shall elect a nominating committee consisting
of three members and two alternates, not more than one of whom may be a member of the board. The secretary shall immediately notify the committee and alternates
of their election. The Board shall order a committee meeting which shall be held during the third quarter.
A. The committee shall nominate one candidate for each office , five candidates for the Board of Directors, and two alternates for the Board of Directors. After
securing the consent of each person in writing so nominated, the committee shall immediately report their nominations to the secretary in writing.
B. Upon receipt of the nominating committee's report, the Secretary shall notify each member in writing of the committees slate at least two weeks prior to the
third quarter meeting.
C. Additional nominations may be made at the fourth quarter meeting by any member in good standing in attendance provided, that the person so nominated
accepts when his name is proposed, and provided further that if the proposed candidates is not in attendance at this meeting, his or her proposer shall present
to the Secretary a written statement from the proposed candidate signifying his or her willingness to be a candidate. No person may be a candidate for more
than one position. The additional nominations which are provided for herein may be made only from among those members who have not accepted a
nomination of the nominating committee.
D. Nominations cannot be made at the annual meeting or in any other manners other than as provided in this section.
Article VI. Committees
Section 1. The board may each year appoint standing committees and chairpersons to advance the work of the club. Special committees and chairpersons may also be
appointed by the board to aid it on particular projects. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the board.
Section 2. Any committee or chair appointed may be terminated by a majority vote of the full membership of the board upon written notice to the appointee; and the
board may appoint successors to those persons who's services have been terminated.
Article VII. Discipline
Section 1. America Kennel Club suspension.
Any member who is suspended from the privileges of the American Kennel Club automatically shall be suspended from the privileges of this club for a like period.
Section 2. Charges.
Any member prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the club or the breed. Written charges with specifications must
be filed in duplicate with the Secretary together with a deposit of $25.00 which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained by the board following a hearing. The
Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to each member of the board or present them at a board meeting and the board shall first consider whether the
actions alleged in the charges if proven might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the club or the breed. If the board considers that the charges do not
allege which would be prejudicial to the best interests of the club. If the board considers that the charges do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the best
interest of the club it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the board entertains of the charges, it shall fix a date of a hearing by the board not less then 3 weeks nor
more than six weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by certified mail return receipt requested together
with a notice of the hearing and assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his own defense and bring witness if he or she wishes.
Section 3. Board Hearing
The board shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard.
Should the charges be sustained after hearing all of the evidence and testimony present by complainant and defendant the board may by a majority vote of those present
suspend the defendant from all privileges of the club for not more than 6 months from the date of the hearing; if it deems that punishment insufficient it may also
recommend to the membership that the penalty be expulsion. In such case the suspension shall not restrict the defendants right to appear before his or her fellow
members at the ensuing club meeting which considers the board’s recommendation immediately after the board has reached a decision its findings shall be put in written
form and filed with the secretary. The secretary in turn shall notify each of the parties of the boards' decision and penalty, if any.
Section 4. Expulsion
Expulsion of a member from the club may be accomplished only at a meeting of the club following a board meeting and upon the board’s recommendation as provided in
Section 3 of these articles. Such proceedings may occur at a regular or special meeting of the club to be held within 60 days but not earlier than thirty days after the date
of the board’s recommendation. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his or her own behalf, though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The
president shall read the charges and the boards finding and recommendations and shall invite the defendant if present to speak in his or her own behalf if he or she wishes.
The meeting shall then vote by secret ballot on the proposed expulsion. A 2/3 vote of those present and voting at the meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If
expulsion is not so voted, the board suspension shall stand.
Article VIII. Amendments
Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws may be proposed by the Board of Directors or written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by 15 percent of the
membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the Board of Directors and must be submitted to the members
with recommendations of the board by the Secretary for a vote within three months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary. All amendments are
subjected to the approval of the American Kennel Club.
The Constitution and Bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the members present and voting a any regular or special meeting called for the purpose, provided the
proposed amendments have been included in the notice of the meeting and mailed to each member at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting.
Article IX. Dissolution
Section 1. Dissolution
The club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than 2/3 of members in good standing. In the event of the dissolution of the club other that for
the purposes of reorganization. Whether voluntary or involuntary, or by operations of law none of the property of the club, nor any proceeds therefore nor any assets of
the club shall be distributed to any members of the club. After payment of the debts of the club. Its property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the
benefit of dogs selected by the board of directors.
Article X. Order of Business
Section 1. At meetings of the club, the order of business so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:
Minutes of the last meeting
Report of President
Report of Secretary
Report of Treasure
Report of Committees
Election of officers and board (at annual meeting)
Election of new members
Section 2. At meetings of the board the order of business, unless otherwise directed by majority vote of those present shall be as follows:
Reading of the minutes of the last meeting
Report of secretary
Report of treasurer
Report of committees
Article XI. Parliamentary Authority
Section 1. The rules contained in the current edition of Roberts rule of order, newly revised shall govern the club in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they
are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any other special rules of order the club may adopt.
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